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chris phillips -
Subject: Anthem That's It
The best Cryptical Envelopment>The Other One besides 5/2/70 was played in Chico. Dark Star is a success.
I enjoyed all the reviews, even as a libtard.
Blue states are far more preferable though. Sedula didn't include MA,CT, VT, MN, ME, CO etc...
Reagan and Bush 2x really sucked big time.
'68-'73 Dead is best. '84-'95 is bunk. In '82-'83 there were a few good gigs, but is was onerous!
Subject: damn damn damn
If only this recording weren't so degraded, I'm sure this would be held in close regard to the other monsters of fall '68. Dark Star, Other One>Crytical are absolutely killer (but not *quite* as great as either 10/12 or 10/13 imho). Everything else after the start of NPC is un-listenable garbage, but I still have to give a 4 because of the greatness of these cuts.
Subject: Peace. It's about the music
Wow. People need to get off their high horse. First, whether one is liberal or conservative, Christian, Jew, or athiest....it doesn't matter here. It's about the music. The Grateful Dead wove many strands of various traditions into their unique music. As a result, they brought all kinds of people together to share in their music. So, listen to the music play, OK? No one is a better head than the next guy just becI didn't get on the bus until 1982; I was only 4 years old when this show was played. Does that make me less of a fan? I don't think so.
That said, what we have here is a look at the first peak performing period: late 68 through spring 69. The band had developed some musical "maturity" after about 4 to 5 years of playing together. The height of their psychedelic mayhem is being reached during this period. Mid 69 would see them transitioning their sound as the "Workingman's Dead" songs start making their way into the repertoire and the "cowboy/folk-Dead" sound starts to emerge. But for this time, it is insane, trippy stuff. Gotta love it. Thanks to all who makes these recordings available.
stark dar -
Subject: Believe It!!
The Dead provided a space and time for us all to groove and be free, regardless of anything! Keep your political insecurities out of it. That anyone would use this forum as a pulpit or a shoebox is sad! You missed the point and its all over now baby blue. The Dead were the doormen and they opened the door for us. Be consumed by your egos somewhere else. Aint no time to hate!!!
Subject: Very Sad
I don't even know how this started. Oh As Um and Islam sucks is the same guy. He changed his name to try and piss me off I guess. After he decided that I am dumbshit liberal for trying to defend people who practice a certain religion. Funny how he always says God bless the Grateful Dead. My name is a protest against Marijuana laws in the US. Has anyone ever heard the theory that the best weed was spread around by old dead heads to colleges back in the early seventies. The Dead have more influence on America than any other band. Real influence, not just pissing yourself at a Beatles concert or something like that.
Subject: Hello , This is 1968 GD
several of you fools below . This is a place where we review shows . I'm not sure where that general concept failed to reach you . You want to do this silliness , find a forum and go nuts . Or do it in an '86 or '92 year show review were no one will be subjected to your opinions . No one else cares about them .
This is '68 GD and we don't fuck around here . This is the primal core . This is for people who can handle the trip . Looks like maybe it's too heavy for various sensibilities . Which is fine . You should know how deep the water is before you dive into the deep end .
This source I would pass on . Half the sound sucks , and so do the ' reviews ' . The Powell / Barnes SBD above has necessarily 'edited ' out the unlistenable parts . Sadly . I hate losing a second of this year .
But , what is this ? Powell & Barnes have fixed a bit more of Caution ! Let there be rejoicing in the land . We have minutes added . So please go there .
Except for some of you . For those others , might I suggest LSP or Deadhook , or anywhere . Go bother them for awhile . We have met our quota of you wasting are time with your stupidity .
high time... -
Subject: Archive Unwritten Rules
No politics and no religion. Leave that crap at the door before coming in. Now sit back or git down and listen... Love this old shit!
Subject: Leave me out of it
I apologize for any hurt feelings. Eat, drink and try, really, try to be a little merrier.
Subject: Islam Sucks
Go Islam Sucks!!! Great show but Liberals ruin EVERYTHING!
I always say what you say...look at any "Blue" state and you'll see a state in disarray and about to collapse (Michigan, California, New York, New Jersey, the list goes on...)
Subject: STALKERS like rschwz28, gratefuldiver,East_coast_dave_in WA, Jim F etc.
To the Morons of Islam:
Islam could not do in 1,200 years what a few white protestant christians did in the USA in less than 200 years...If I were a Muslim I'd be embarrassed and ashamed...but you have to be HUMAN to feel those emotions. Islam is a cult that rewrites its history, it has to; the history of Islam is attack, invade, conquer, subjugate.
Muslims have 99 names for "allah" not one of them is "Our Father".
The west is based on the Greeks. Democracy is not in the Koran, nor is it an "arabic" word. And all muslims know that only arabic is spoken in heaven, and if you have not read the koran in arabic you cannot enter heaven....so me and Mohamet will never enter paradise...eh?
Islam is as wonderful as a shit sandwich. You have to tell me its good, or no one would dare eat it.
Yo, moron it's a JOINT.....get it? smokin show?
I see you have no imagination...hmm.
oh, My first GRATEFUL DEAD Show was Dec 4th, 1971, FELT FORUM. NYC....so kiss my ass, BIATCH.
rschwz28...uh....yer just a scum bag asshole...(_____0_____).
Boilerplate aka "STANDARD LANGUAGE" is a term used by LAWYERS & computer programmers....
Did you pay your taxes? Or did you take after your hero charlie rangel?
Just so you know douche bag, when I lived in NYC a slice of pizza was fifteen cents a Coke was a dime, egg creams were fifteen cents and the subway was twenty cents.
Gee, there doesnt' seem to be any negative connotations to boilerplate language....My reviews are written for me, not for you.
I "STANDARDIZED" (boilerplated) my reviews for myself, and others that appreciate quick, simple references on whether the show was worth a shit, or if Mickey Fart's drumming was so fucked up it was unbearable to listen to, or if the band was so out of tune that the only way you could listen to it is to take 1,000 Micrograms of LSD-25.
"yer reviews are so boilerplate....look up what boilerplate means"
.............ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzz......burp....cough.....FART. what did you say? did you say something?
And gratefuldiver is a NAZI...banning free speech...check out liberal INTOLERANCE...liberals are communist, socialist pigs, always have been...always will be.
East_coast_dave_in_WA <----EX Bagwan Rashneesh member, and devotee of Shelia the semi-automatic machine gun guru.
Jim_F <---just another flower child lost in lies...
oh, and shut the fuck up about my reviews. Who the hell are you to tell me what to say or do?
Who died and made you King?
What the fuck is your problem?
Are you obsessed with domination, control, and bossing others around? GOT A HITLER COMPLEX, THINK YOU ARE MOHAMET? You some kind of first born?
Typical shit head liberal, can't leave others alone to be free to write what they want, how they want...but think queers should be married and adopt kids...LMAO
Oh, and no self respecting DEAD HEAD would ever say yadda. yadda, yadda....only a douche bag would...A New York Jew Douche bag...
NO ONE TAKES UP MORE SPACE THAN LIBERALS.
LIBERALS ARE A WASTE OF SPACE.
LIBERALS ARE A WASTE OF TIME.
LIBERALS ARE JUST DOUCHE BAGS ALL THE TIME.
NAME ONE BLUE STATE RUN BY LIBERALS THAT IS NOT BROKE, BUSTED, HAS HIGH INCOME TAXES, NUMEROUS SANCTUARY CITIES FOR ILLEGALS, AND OVERPAID TEACHERS WITH THE WORST SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY....
LIBERALS ARE THE DRY ROT OF HUMANITY AND CIVILIZATION.
I'd say eat, drink, be merry and listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD....but..
I think this is better....
Fuck off and Die...and listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
how much space am i taking up now?
does this bother you?
OBAMA IS SITTING ON HIS BLACK ASS, WHILE BP KILLS THE GULF OF MEXICO....
MASS EXTINCITONS IN THE OCEAN,IN THE MARSHES AND WETLANDS.....
HORROR AND DEATH OF INNOCENT ANIMALS...AND ALL YOU CAN DO IS TALK SHIT ABOUT MY REVIEW....THAT WASNT' WRITTEN FOR YOU.
60,000 TO A 100,000 BARRELS OF OIL A DAY, FOR THE LAST 70+ DAYS HAVE BEEN GUSHING INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO CAUSING MASS EXTINCITION IN THE OCEAN, AND ALL THESE LIBTARDS CAN DO IS CRITICIZE MY REVIEWS OF A 42 YEAR OLD SHOW
....LMAO..BAN HIM! BANISH HIM TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH THEY SCREAM ABOUT ME....
I DONT' CARE IF YOU LIKE MY REVIEW OR NOT....I DONT' GIVE A SHIT WHAT YOU SAY OR THINK.
STOP STALKING MY REVIEWS, YOU SICK BASTARD.
ANY MORON THAT SAYS YADDA YADDA YADDA, LIVES IN THE IDIOT BOX...
PISS OFF YOU BLOODY SOD.
The GRATEFUL DEAD were not friends with Buddha.
The GRATEFUL DEAD were not friends with Jesus.
The GRATEFUL DEAD were friends with the HELL'S ANGELS.
GOD BLESS AMERICA...
Subject: Islam is wonderful
The Other One is good, and the Cryptical Envelopment may be my favorite. The show's not as good as the 10-12+13, I'm grateful the Dead didn't split up.
It's too bad the review got nutty. Here's from a letter of Darqawi: Don’t conceive that it is the creation that has made us forget our Lord, or that it has placed a barrier between Him and us. It is nothing but our being consumed in our own passions and caprices that has made us forget. If we were only to forget our very selves entirely, we would find the Creator, and we would lose sight of our very existence completely. Likewise, don’t conceive that one can lose sight of the creation whilst he has not even lost sight of his own self yet. I swear by God that can never be so. Peace.
East Coast Dave in WA -
Subject: @Islam sucks
Interesting that while you accuse others of having a "Hitler complex", you're the one spouting anti-Semitic, racist, and completely stereotyping, demonizing language (kinda like how Nazi propaganda stereotyped Jews). I'll have to add that your rants are much less eloquently expressed than those of your detractors.
I support your right to free speech, though. Everyone should be able to read if they please, see your true colors and make their own decisions.
I dig this show.
Update: I never said anything about my politics either. All you can tell from my post is:
1). I love the music of The Grateful Dead
2). I prefer well articulated arguments over hypocrisy and personal attacks.
If that makes me a "liberal", then I think you should google the term (along with "conservative", while you're at it) and try to educate yourself a little. I eagerly await what will undoubtedly be your eloquent and well-supported response.
Now for the music. There's some sound quality issues, but this is prime Grateful Dead-as-psychedelic-monsters stuff. Jerry had some awesome guitar tone back then, before he got all high-tech and customized.
Jim F -
originally posted 6/29:...hopefully no one will read that garbage because they will be smart and head on over to the other version/s of this one that have more of the Caution (Kaplan 20008 for example). Jerry's fanned intro is as good as they get, and I love that little piece they do starting at 5:40 of track 6...
7/4/10 edit: Lol too funny! I never said whose post was garbage, I was just directing people to the other source that I prefer. I never said anything about my political affiliation or anything about telling anyone what to do aside from recommending a different source. Your reviews don't bother me, I find them entertaining, actually.
Subject: ah um religious and political intolerance
Doesn't IA have terms and conditions such that am-um's aliases or his copycats (if they exist) should be banned from 'contributing'?
Subject: Astounding Sounds Amazing Music
Im truly astonished anyone can remember what a show was like 40 years ago. I saw the Dead once, and its a blur. Mind you, so is every time iv seen most bands. It is all about the music man though... I have an iPod full of Grateful Dead stuff and this will be going on it.
L. Rosley -
Subject: Average show marred by poor tape quality and droppout
This was probably a 4-star show (one set, actually), with a top-notch Dark Start and an average Other One. But alas, the middle of the recording is just about unlistenable starting at the beginning or New Potato, then cuts out altogether. It picks up after Alligator has begun, but still with very poor quality. There’s a long, not particularly interesting, drum solo, and then back into a not-very-interesting Alligator-like bit. The Caution is better, but the tape drops out. It picks back at the end of Caution, back at normal tape quality. The feedback is good here, followed by Good Night, a great combination of this period.
Note that there are versions of this show here at Archive.org with the poor-quality segment removed.
Historically interesting, but there are plenty of intact, late 1968/early 1969 shows here at Archive.org.
Subject: hate and vitriol
I have been enjoying coming to this site for a few years now, and I thought it was set up as a site to share Grateful Dead recordings and peoples thoughts about those recordings ... personal empirical references welcome. For that, I thank the many who have given me hours of joyful listening and interesting reading.
I have come to see the site lately becoming more vitriolic and full of hateful responses - often when some reviewers reverting to racist, bigoted, intolerant and politically charged diatribes - which have very little to nothing, to do with the music itself and the supposed purpose as to why this site exists. 'Islam sucks'. 'oh uh um ah' and 'deadhead 3916' are just today's cases in point. C'mon people, the Grateful Dead made it a point over their long career - which saw numerous political and socially divisive events occur during those years - to step back from those heated battles and play music for a general, all-accepting, open-minded public. Phil and Jerry, when interviewed in the very early 70's on the short-lived Chicago UHF television show "Underground News" responded to the host's request for their stance on a politically charged current event (the war, Chicago politics - something to that effect) they both responded by saying that they wanted their audiences to come to their shows to enjoy their music and their 'scene' without getting sucked into those harsh and depressing realities - that's why the dead don't soapbox or take certain stands as a group - "it's all about the music, man ... we're musicians not politicians" is how they ended his repeated attempts at trying to get them to take some stand to satisfy his journalistic need / greed.
And here we are - some 40 years on - forgetting that golden rule of theirs . . . now, ain't that a shame!! And here I am taking up as much space and your time as a review by "oh uh um ah" - but I hope I haven't ruined anyone's quiet Saturday morning's reading or diversion. Words can soothe the soul or can be hurtful weapons folks - use them wisely. There are plenty of other sites where one can vent their racist, sexist, homophobic, religiously-intolerant views - please don't make this site one of them!
Subject: Grateful reply Islam sucks
Couldn't have said it better myself FUCKING LIBERAL DUCHEBAGS!!!!!
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" November 1, 1968 at the Silver Dollar Fair, Chico, CA, U.S.A.
#############__Smokin'_1968 GRATEFUL DEAD Show.
Don't bother with New Potato Caboose-Alligator-Drums-Alligator. The recording is absolutely worthless. It is "Unlistenable". Go from "Cryptical Envelopment" right to "Caution", unless you are a freak.
I recommend this show to collectors of 1968 GRATEFUL DEAD. I call it a "Must Have" show, except for the aforementioned tracks.
I prefer the sound of this show compared to the others on the Internet Archive.
5 Stars for the mix
3 Stars for the recording
5 Stars for the Performance
5 Stars for the Transfer.
I recommend using EQ on this show to improve the sound. I use RealPlayer's free 3 band EQ for playback while downloading. Window's Media Player has a 10 Band EQ that dials in the sound even better for playback.
Classic 1968 sound.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the love.
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: Cryptical reprise...
Shame the sound deteriorates so, this would be a monster!
Subject: Garcia absolutely wails
The Other One shreds the place to pieces. This was heavy metal back in '68...
Chris U. -
Subject: great mix for tube amp harmonics
This is a very nice show and the board has an interesting mix where Jerry is in the foreground so that you can hear the analog feedback and harmonics from his guitar as if your head was pressed up to his amp.
A great way to explore this aspect of Garcia's and/or Bear's genius.
Subject: Sharp and intense
Wish we had the whole thing, but there are plenty of goodies left to be heard. This night offered a great balance between the intensity the band had in 1968 and the polish they had in 1969. And that feedback is especially sweet.
Subject: Rough Patch
Definitely a rough spot from Alligator to Alligator Reprise. Yet, a powerful show throughout and I agree with the thoughtful Feedback. Nice.
Mike Ashenfelder -
A very pretty and thoughtful version of "Feedback."